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Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students (54:00 and 59:00)

From: Nancy Solomon
Length: 59:01

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This documentary won a 2010 Peabody Award. Nationwide, suburban schools are doing a good job educating white students, but those schools are not getting the same results with black and Latino students. This documentary tells the story of a suburban high school with lots of resources and a diverse student body that is struggling to close the minority achievement gap.

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Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon
takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom.  Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where where kids with discipline problems land.

Two versions are available. The 54-minute version has a music-filled news hole and one-minute music breaks at :19 and :39 for station cutaways. The 59-minute version has additional content to cover the news hole (not music), and the same station breaks at :19 and 39.  The promos have 6-sec music tails for station tag.

A digital media package is available free to all stations that includes a call to action, audio slideshows and links for more information. To preview or to link to: www.nancycsolomon.com

Funded by the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting and free to all stations.

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Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon
takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom.  Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where where kids with discipline problems land.

Two versions are available. The 54-minute version has a music-filled news hole and one-minute music breaks at :19 and :39 for station cutaways. The 59-minute version has additional content to cover the news hole (not music), and the same station breaks at :19 and 39.  The promos have 6-sec music tails for station tag.

A digital media package is available free to all stations that includes a call to action, audio slideshows and links for more information. To preview or to link to: www.nancycsolomon.com

Funded by the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting and free to all stations.

7 Comments Atom Feed

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Great Piece

She did a great job with this story. It needs to be played in every school district and every teaching college.

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Excellent, important, must-listen radio!

This is an important, impressive program. It covers so much ground on what I think is perhaps the most important issue facing the nation. This program is smart and insightful, clear and compelling. I think it's the best explanation and exploration of the racial achievement gap I have ever heard. It goes really deep into so many inter-related issues from preschool education to the problems with tracking in high school to the nuanced and complicated way that race affects student achievement. We get to know students, teachers and administrators at one school, we hear from researchers and advocates, and all of it is carefully and knowledgeably distilled by the producer Nancy Solomon who clearly knows this topic inside and out and presents it all in a thoughtful and appropriately complex way. You should listen to this program, play it for your listeners!

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Good Stuff

I really enjoyed the program. This topic is so deep and important it could be expanded on and made into its own weekly show. Does anyone know who the first song "Woman You Know I Love You" was by? Is there a way to figure that out on this page, a place where the credits are listed?

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Timing and Cues

54-min version Version

54-min Version

00:00-00:59
Billboard
IC: MUX...This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students.
OC: Stay with us as we explore the minority achievement gap, after this. MUX FADE OUT

1:00-5:59
MUX fill for newshole

6:00-18:59
Segment A
IC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. I'm Nancy Solomon.
OC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are failing Black Students. MUX FADE OUT.

19:00-19:59
MUX Break

20:00-38:59
Segment B
IC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. I'm Nancy Solomon.
OC: Next up, why race matters in the education of teen-agers. You're listening to Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. MUX FADE OUT.

40:00-58:59
Segment C
IC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. I'm Nancy Solomon.
OC: Lynnell Hancock was my advisor and Alex Blumberg edited. I'm Nancy Solomon. MUX FADE OUT.

59-minute version Version

59-min Version

00:00-18:59
Billboard and Segment A
IC: MUX...This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students.
OC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are failing Black Students. MUX FADE OUT.

19:00-19:59
MUX Break

20:00-38:59
Segment B
IC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. I'm Nancy Solomon.
OC: Next up, why race matters in the education of teen-agers. You're listening to Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. MUX FADE OUT.

40:00-58:59
Segment C
IC: This is Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students. I'm Nancy Solomon.
OC: Lynnell Hancock was my advisor and Alex Blumberg edited. I'm Nancy Solomon. MUX FADE OUT.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
The Cosmic Game Thievery Corporation The Cosmic Game. Eighteenth Street 2005 :00
Sunshine Mos Def The New Danger. Geffen 2004 :00
Ready or Not The Fugees The Score. Sony 1996 :00
Mr. Nigga Mos Def Black on Both Sides. Rawkus / Umgd 1999 :00
The Beggar Mos Def The New Danger. Geffen 2004 :00

Related Website

www.nancycsolomon.com